We all have the option of checking out during Christmas.
I’m not talking about the grocery line or finally getting your turn after fighting the masses through Target for the third time in one week.
We all have the option of guarding our hearts from everything good about this season, because we’re so concentrated on the darkness. But when we focus on the light, we’re not admitting that the darkness doesn’t exist. We’re implying that it has a greater enemy.
It’s easy to be hardened by the world. It’s easy to be a Scrooge. But it’s not godly.
Jesus said that His burden was light.
God became flesh. He wore our heavy burden once and for all. It is finished. It’s not ours to lift anymore. We don’t have to strive to be loved or work to be safe. We serve because we’re grateful, not because we’re hopeless.
This week it will be easy for you to get stressed out. There are a hundred things to do before we lounge around our Christmas trees this weekend.
My challenge to you this week: Take the Christmas tunes seriously.
Stare at the lights wrapped around poles and cedar trees, announcing never ending hope on dark nights.
Send a risky text or two.
Remember why you’re rushing, and creating, and sending, and baking — it’s not to be loved — you already are.
Listen to Sinatra and Bublé when you’re wrapping presents.
Enjoy a moment entirely before you take a picture.
If something doesn’t get finished or perfected, let it go. A new beginning is within your reach.
Sing fearlessly. Laugh like a tickled baby.
Let your heart be light.
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight.
If only for Christmas week, spent with and dreaming of the ones we love.
Wishing you the merriest little Christmas you’ve ever had.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.